Seasonal Dessert -> Salted Caramel Chocolate Bundt Cakelets

Need an easy fall or winter dessert that oozes simple beauty? These little mini bundt cakes pack ease, lots of flavor, + pretty presentation all in one. While you do need a few different bowls, this really is a simple dessert to put together. And it works well whether you use a mini bundt pan or a full size bundt. I've even made this gluten free using King Arthur gf flour and it still works beautifully. I love this recipe and hope you do, too. 

  prop + food styling: jennifer oatsvall of {feather + oak}, photography:  alyssa joy photography    

prop + food styling: jennifer oatsvall of {feather + oak}, photography: alyssa joy photography
 

Salted Caramel Chocolate Bundt

adapted from Samoa Bundt Cake

Ingredients

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (we used 60% cacao)

1/2 cup butter, softened

16 oz light brown sugar

3 large eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour (spoon flour into measuring cup)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 oz sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup hot water (not boiling)

Toppings

1 jar caramel sauce

toasted pecans, chopped

flake salt (we used Maldon)

  prop + food styling: jennifer oatsvall of {feather + oak}, photography:  alyssa joy photography    

prop + food styling: jennifer oatsvall of {feather + oak}, photography: alyssa joy photography
 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Grease and flour bundt pan (or use a baking spray).

  3. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl at 20-30 second intervals until smooth. Set Aside.

  4. Beat softened butter + brown sugar with an electric mixer (hand or stand) until blended well.

  5. Beat in each egg, one at a time.

  6. Beat in melted chocolate until blended. Do not over mix.

  7. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.

  8. Add the flour mixture to chocolate batter, alternating with the sour cream, beating at low speed until blended after each addition. Do not over mix.

  9. With mixer on low speed, add the hot water.

  10. Stir in vanilla.

  11. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan*.

  12. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes in pan then remove cake from pan to cool. If using mini bundt pan, adjust baking time accordingly.

  13. While the cake cools, lightly spritz a baking sheet with cooking spray and spread pecans on a baking sheet. Toast in oven for five minutes. Be mindful not to let them scorch. When cool, chop or break into smaller pieces.

  14. Warm caramel sauce in microwave and drizzle over cooled cake. Sprinkle with toasted, chopped pecans + flake salt.

*Note: Baking time is for a standard 10" bundt pan. Can also be used for mini-bundt pan. Makes approximately 12 mini bundts. Baking time for mini bundts was 20-25 minutes on our oven.

 

  prop + food styling: jennifer oatsvall of {feather + oak}, photography:  alyssa joy photography    

prop + food styling: jennifer oatsvall of {feather + oak}, photography: alyssa joy photography
 

Fine Art Wedding Inspiration + A Juicy Citrus Color Story

Hello dear ones! Who has a love for fine art photography for weddings but an equal love of color? While it's true that fine art generally skews neutral or very pastel, it doesn't have to. Fine art wedding photography can indeed be colorful and we're going to show you using juicy tones of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Featured on Style Me Pretty

The simplest way to incorporate bright color into your day? Florals. Large blooms in bold colors easily carry the color story throughout your event. Not to mention your florist will adore you for choosing something different. And while beautiful silk ribbons are all the rage for bouquets (and let's be honest, hopefully here to stay), I chose to use a sash of chiffon on the bouquet instead for a twist. 

  An extra wide sash adds a lush element to an already lush bouquet.   Photo by  Julie Paisley Photography . Florals by  Petal and Pine .   Styling by Feather + Oak.   Hair and makeup by  Leslie Ellis .

An extra wide sash adds a lush element to an already lush bouquet. Photo by Julie Paisley Photography. Florals by Petal and PineStyling by Feather + Oak. Hair and makeup by Leslie Ellis.

Bright, citrus tones look gorgeous punctuated with white linens. Instead of the solid, banquet style linen I opted for vintage lace for it's textural beauty and feminine detail.

  A beautiful floral arrangement paired with a lace overlay creates a beautiful welcome vignette at a wedding. Photo by  Julie Paisley . Exquisite florals by  Petal and Pine . Styling by Feather + Oak.

A beautiful floral arrangement paired with a lace overlay creates a beautiful welcome vignette at a wedding. Photo by Julie Paisley. Exquisite florals by Petal and Pine. Styling by Feather + Oak.

A beautiful, bold paper suite sets the tone for this wedding. This is the calling card for event expectations. There's no doubt you're going to see lovely color at a wedding when you receive this in the post. 

  A colorful invitation is delightful to receive through the post while the table elements incorporate more white space to let the tablescape take center stage as a whole. Paper suite by  Designs In Paper . Styling by Feather + Oak. Photo by  Julie Paisley .

A colorful invitation is delightful to receive through the post while the table elements incorporate more white space to let the tablescape take center stage as a whole. Paper suite by Designs In Paper. Styling by Feather + Oak. Photo by Julie Paisley.

When you have bright florals on the table, I prefer to keep place settings fairly neutral to let those blooms take center stage. Here I incorporated a blush goblet, a linen napkin in a juicy tone pulled from the bouquet, and a menu card that ties the paper suite to the table setting. 

  Blush goblet and a linen napkin in a juicy color brings the floral color to the neutral place settings.   Paper goods by  Designs In Paper . Styling by Feather + Oak. Photo by  Julie Paisley .   Florals by  Petal and Pine .

Blush goblet and a linen napkin in a juicy color brings the floral color to the neutral place settings. Paper goods by Designs In Paper. Styling by Feather + Oak. Photo by Julie PaisleyFlorals by Petal and Pine.

And lastly, the most fun way to incorporate color into fine art wedding photography: be the color. As in wear it. I am such a fan of wedding gowns in color and their detail is captured so beautifully in photos. I mean...

  You can be a bride and wear color. Rosy gown by Hayley Paige. Photo by  Julie Paisley . Florals by  Petal and Pine . Styling by Feather + Oak. Hair and makeup by  Leslie Ellis .

You can be a bride and wear color. Rosy gown by Hayley Paige. Photo by Julie Paisley. Florals by Petal and Pine. Styling by Feather + Oak. Hair and makeup by Leslie Ellis.